dictionary of wickedness

Christopher Regina

45,00 €
“The more successful the villain, the more successful the film will be. » Alfred Hitchcock « Crime unceasingly besieges the most virtuous man; every moment he lives, he is ready to fall prey to the villain or villain himself. » Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The new Héloïse What is wickedness? Philosophy and sociology have conceptualized it and declined it in its many forms. Literature, history, cinema, art in all its disciplines are full of cruel and cynical characters, both fascinating and terrifying. But no one so far has offered an overview. The Dictionary of wickedness offers the reader, through 169 entries written by 80 specialists in the human and social sciences, a variety of historical portraits (Catherine de Medici, César Borgia, Marie Tudor, etc.), fictitious (the Marquise de Merteuil, Tatie Danielle , Voldemort…) or mythological (Medea, Circe, Mélusine…), as well as a redefinition of concepts linked to wickedness (tyranny, perversity, cruelty…). Fascinating work accessible to all, where classic iconography meets cinemascope and contemporary drawing, The Dictionary of Wickedness invites us to a global introspection, to an immersion in the pangs of the darkness of souls.
The author

Christophe Regina is a doctor in modern history and associate researcher at UMR 7303 TELEMME-MMSH. He currently teaches at the University of Aix-Marseille as an ATER. HDR lecturer in modern history at the University of Aix-Marseille, Lucien Faggion is a specialist in the 16th century and a member of the Telemme laboratory (Mediterranean House of Human Sciences). His research focuses on the social history of Italy in modern times, justice, Italians outside Italy, Venice and the Mediterranean.

384 pages | ISBN: 9782315004805